How to Choose the Best Orthodontist For Kids

How to choose the best orthodontist

How can you find the best orthodontist office for your child? Should you pick the cheapest orthodontist? Or go with the most highly successful orthodontist? What’s the right thing to look for?
Won’t you get the “best deal” from one who really needs your business?
Maybe. These are good questions and we will answer each one below…

One sign that you’ve found a great orthodontist for kids near you is a busy practice.

When you see a full and lively office and waiting room, there are probably a whole lot of patient referrals. Kids or parents don’t enthusiastically refer if they feel they were lied to or had a bad experience…

Additionally they wouldn’t come to that practice if they were overcharged.

Parents tell parents about the best orthodontists and orthodontic practices because they’ve earned their trust. And you know it has to be trust, because they’re dealing with the parents’ own children.

What will you find if you come to our offices? That it’s efficient, but very busy. Yes, we advertise. But mostly, our practices thrive by parents telling parents that they can trust putting the future of their kids’ smiles in our hands.

We don’t need to goad you into more expensive care than your son’s or daughter’s situation requires for the best outcome.

We don’t need to “sell” four more sets of braces this month to win a cruise from the manufacturer—and yes, that stuff goes on in some practices.

Ours is a business built on ethics and earned trust. And you do not just need a doctor to install braces; you need a trustworthy, trusted adviser.

“Our family LOVES Premier Orthodontics! The staff are true professionals and so nice. Thank you Premier Orthodontics for the million dollar smiles for my kids!”

The Cheapest Orthodontist is Probably Not the Best Value In The End

Our fees are calculated to allow for “Cadillac + Care” for our patients, so we don’t have to cut corners and take shortcuts just to reduce costs.

We never use any material that is “probably good enough.” Because teeth aren’t just something you’ll “fix just a little bit.”

And if you do find an orthodontist that is a lot cheaper than everywhere else, know this: behind closed doors they’re asking, “Can we do this cheaper?”

And the answer to that question is sure to lead to some unethical practices.

Our orthodontists and our staff are all highly trained to produce state-of-the-art outcomes, nothing less. The doctor makes a difference. That’s why we tell everybody research and find a highly successful orthodontist in your area.

“By far the friendliest dental office I have visited. I have two children that are currently receiving treatment from Premier Orthodontics and I will continue to choose Premier for any future treatments any of my four children may need. They are amazing!!!!”

The Top Ten Items To Consider When Looking for The Best Orthodontist For Kids

Here are ten more factors you should consider when choosing an orthodontist for your child…

1. Are they a specialist?

Orthodontists are specially trained dentists who take on several extra years of training in order to straighten teeth. Orthodontists also perform dentofacial orthopedics.

This is a fancy way to describe how we normalize the structure of a patient’s jawbones in order to repair any imbalance in their face.

All orthodontists are dentists, but only 6 percent of dentists are orthodontists.

Look for the seal of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Only orthodontic specialists can belong to the AAO.

Premier Orthodontics doctors are members of the American Association of Orthodontists

2. Do they treat adults?

Braces are not just for kids! It’s important that your orthodontist can treat adult patients. Many adults are finding out how a healthy and attractive smile is important to their health and the way they feel about themselves.

The Invisalign process was painless. They explained everything thoroughly plus the software that was used to scan my teeth and display how the teeth will transform in real-time was amazing. I will definitely recommend them in the future to family and friends.

3. Do they provide the first visit free of charge?

Most orthodontists offer free examinations for new patients so you and your family can get expert advice about treatment needs, options, and timing before making this important investment.

During your first exam and consultation, be sure your questions are answered, your concerns are addressed, and you are educated about all of your treatment options.

The best orthodontists will include digital X-rays during the exam at no charge.

4. Do they offer guarantees?

If so, what are they?

No matter which orthodontist you choose, ultimately you are not making an investment. That being said, wouldn’t you want to ensure your orthodontist is going to stand behind their treatment?

“My daughter had full braces for 2 years and ended up having the top braces back on and there was no additional cost to me. They take great care of their patients and their smiles. Highly recommend!”

5. Are they using the latest technology and treatment options available?

Orthodontics today differs a great deal from years past. Computer-designed braces and wires dramatically increase the precision with which we move teeth and shorten braces treatment time.

6. Does their quoted fee include retainers?

Each orthodontic office has its own fee schedules, and doctors often charge differently for procedures. The best orthodontists will offer you a contract that clearly spells out the expenses for your child’s treatment before it begins. It shouldn’t read like a lawyer wrote it.

You should ask your orthodontist about what retainers cost and also if there are any other hidden fees.

At Premier Orthodontics, there are no hidden fees and your first retainer is included with the cost of your treatment!

7. Do they charge for emergency appointments?

Any time you combine kids with braces, you’ll sometimes get broken brackets, poking wires, or other things that require an unscheduled visit.

At Premier Orthodontics, your emergency appointments are free of charge.

“My son has been going to Premier Orthodontics for the past two years and they are very helpful in setting up appointments and getting my son in for emergency visits. Highly recommend Premier Orthodontics!”

8. Do they make you feel special and comfortable?

Regardless if you are reading this article for your own treatment or for your child’s treatment, the best orthodontists will make you feel comfortable.

At Premier Orthodontics, we strive to make you as comfortable as possible before, during, and after treatment.

Our doctors have children of their own, which helps us empathize, relate to, and make your kids feel comfortable and extra special.

This was our first visit and we felt welcome and treated like family. My 14-year old loved his experience and loved how well they took care of him. Definitely recommend this place to anyone!”

9. Do they have a great reputation?

With the internet, it takes one click to pull up ratings and reviews from patients to determine the which orthodontist in your area is the best. Simply go to Google and search for orthodontist reviews and ratings in your town.

Additionally, look on the website for video testimonials from actual patients. You can also ask the orthodontist for references.

“So far two of my kids have gone. I really can’t recommend anyone more highly than Premier Orthodontics! They are patient-focused, highly organized professionals who love what they do and make interacting with them a delight. They guys are amazing!”

10. Are they flexible with payment options?

Once you are comfortable and you know specifically which orthodontist you want to treat you or your child, the next question is, “How much is this going to cost and how am I going to pay for this?”

We help you understand different payment options, from maximizing the most insurance benefits to flex spending accounts to even interest-free payment plans.

During the initial exam and complimentary consultation, we will answer all of your questions, including those about our typical cost of braces and the variety of payment options available.

“I highly recommend Premier Orthodontics! They were willing to special order braces my son really wanted and at a lower price than I was prepared to pay at my regular dentist. Staff is friendly, scheduling appointments is easy as extended hours are offered.”

How to Know What Questions to Ask

I’ve really thought through the questions most parents and patients have—the ones they ask and the ones they don’t.

This guide attempts to cover them all, but in the end `you may still have a question that I missed. The best questions to ask are the ones that matter most to you and your child.

If you have a specific question not answered anywhere in this guide, or have a personal and confidential question, you can—with complete assurance of privacy and courtesy—contact us personally at or call 480-361-4600.

Now that you understand how to pick an orthodontist, let’s answer the question you’re probably wondering…

…how much do braces cost?

Schedule a Free Orthodontic Consultation For Your Child

You can schedule a 100% free consultation for you or your child with Premier Orthodontics to find out if and when your child needs braces.

At your initial exam and consultation you’ll discover: